If You’re Doing Cloud, You’d Better Be Doing Network Virtualization

It’s interesting how the networking industry tends to get fixated on certain topics that everyone tries to get a piece of while they are hot. It’s a little like NFL offenses. Years ago, during the 49ers dynasty, everyone was trying to do some version of the west coast offense. More recently, the wildcat was something […]

Goodbye Interop New York, Bring Back the Real Interop Show

Interop New York wrapped up 2 weeks ago at the Javits Center. I’ve always found Javits to be an odd location for the Fall Interop show given the relative size of the event compared to the capacity of the venue. Even with a well-attended event, the enormity of the Javits Center sucks much of the […]

Welcome to the New IP Network

A short while ago, data center specialist, Brocade, held its annual financial analyst conference. During his keynote, CEO Lloyd Carney, introduced the audience to a concept called the “new IP network”. The concept behind the new IP network is that the network needs to evolve to meet the demands of cloud computing, mobility, and the […]

Turning Oracle Over To A Hurd of Catz

Oracle Open World 2014 kicks off next week and promises to be like no other as, I’m sure everyone is well aware, last week the company’s CEO, Larry Ellison, announced he was turning the reigns over to the duo of Mark Hurd and Safra Catz. Ellison also announced he wasn’t leaving the company; rather, he […]

Kepler, The iPhone, And The BYOD Surge

At first glance, it’s hard to find any common ground between the first iPhone and the German mathematician, scientist and astronomer, Johannes Kepler.  Apple released the iPhone and an apple was rumored to have fallen on Sir Isaac Newton’s head, and Newton used a lot of Kepler’s data but that’s a loose association.  The common […]

5 IoT Solutions We Can Use – And One We Can Live Without

The industry is all a-buzz over the concept of Internet of Things (IoT).  Cisco did a study last year that sized the opportunity at $14.4 trillion over the next decade, meaning there’s plenty of opportunity for start ups and traditional companies to use IoT as a significant growth engine.  Over the past few months, though, […]

The Cisco – VMware War is Just Beginning

Last month I wrote a blog post looking at the drivers for WAN based software defined networks (SDNs).  In this blog I’ll take a look at the factors driving data center SDNs.  In the same ZK Research / Tech Target survey I referenced in the previous blog, we also asked the question “What capabilities are […]

Charles Darwin Would Not Be Using Passwords Today

When Charles Darwin said “It is not the strongest of the species that survives but those who can best manage change,” I don’t think he was referring to website passwords. However, I thought this quote was appropriate to where we are now, and how useful passwords are to our lives. Things evolve, and we replace […]

Better Visibility Is Needed When the “Check Cloud” Light Goes On

Remember the old days? When one could look under the hood of a car when the Check Engine light went on? That feels like eons ago, given that cars today basically have a “start button” to fire up the car and get the computer going. The Check Engine light today means a mandatory visit to […]

Network Managers Want Automation for WAN-Based SDN

To date, the majority of software-defined network (SDN) solutions have been focused on the data center. Recently, though, there has been an increase in the number of vendors that provide wide area network (WAN)-based SDN solutions. As is the case with the data center, the term is very broad and means everything from orchestration of […]